County statement on Mount Hood fatality lawsuit


From: Tim Heider, Public Information Officer, 503-742-5911

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County and some of its departments have been named in a lawsuit involving the death of a climber on Mount Hood last May.

As this litigation is pending, Clackamas County officials will not be conducting media interviews around this issue.

However, Clackamas County Public Information Officer Tim Heider released the following statement:

“First and foremost, the county wants to extend condolences to the Jenkins family.

“Climbing the wilderness area of Mount Hood is an inherently dangerous activity that sometimes results in the loss of life. When all the facts are presented, the county is confident they will show that the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and our C-COM 911 Department responded appropriately to this tragic accident.

“The county is very proud of the fine work of the women and men who are involved in search and rescue efforts. They risk their lives to save the lives of others.”

Clackamas County will release additional statements as necessary.